The Boston Tea Party: The Foundations of Revolution

The Boston Tea Party: The Foundations of Revolution

The Boston Tea Party: The Foundations of Revolution

The Boston Tea Party: The Foundations of Revolution

Synopsis

This riveting overview of the Boston Tea Party examines the significance of the events that took place before, during, and after the incident and examines the historical, political, and sociological impact on America today.

Excerpt

Who knows how well tea will mingle with salt water?

—John Rowe, merchant of Boston, 1773

Our old North-Enders in their spray
Still taste a Hyson flavor.
And Freedom’s tea-cup still o’ flows,
With ever-fresh libations.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes

THE INCIDENT AT GRIFFIN’S WHARF

On the night of December 16, 1773, several thousand people massed on the chilly streets of Boston to listen to a speech given by political radical and longtime colonial rabble-rouser Samuel “Sam” Adams. With white plumes of frosted breath rising from the audience that strained to hear his words through the open windows of the Old South Meeting House, Sam Adams targeted the shipment of tea belonging to the East India Company (EIC) sitting on three ships tied up at Griffin’s Wharf. His speech was filled with bold utterances of colonial consensus and dire warnings of an impending loss of liberty. These filtered through the open windows of the packed hall and were repeated in bits and snatches from neighbor to neighbor throughout the immense crowd. This made it difficult to follow the gist of the speech, but . . .

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